• Fall Favorites,  Recipes,  Roasted Tomatoes

    A Roasted Tomato Love Affair

    I bought a couple of cartons of cherry tomatoes at the grocery store. Mainly because they were on sale, but also because they were pretty. Reds, and yellows, and orange… oh my! Fall on my plate. Problem is, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I love them fresh, but not enough to pop them like candy. After all, the season has changed. It’s fall now. If it’s not covered in melty cheese, or spread over a rustic sourdough, or baked and carb-y and hot and cozy, I’m not eating it. (I’m only kind of joking). In a desperate attempt to save-the-tomatoes before they went bad, I ended up slow…

  • Mom Life,  My Life

    I’m Not The Only One

    My son went from sleeping a solid 7 or 8 hours at a time, to waking every few hours to nurse. AKA, teething. Most of the time, I don’t mind at all. I stumble into his room, cuddle up with him in our recliner and nurse for a few minutes, and he passes back out within 5 minutes or so. I stumble back into bed, and get a beautiful couple of hours of sleep before it happens again. I’m grateful for social media. Last night was a special case; Porter woke up several times, and then was up and ready to party at 6:30am. Which is the worst, since I have…

  • Lasagna Soup,  Our Fabulous Fall,  Pinterest,  Recipes

    Our Fabulous Fall: Lasagna Soup

    I read the words “lasagna soup” the other day, and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I knew I had to make it. Something about transforming classic favorites into comforting alternatives (with maybe even a slightly healthy twist?) is irresistible to me. Like, I can’t stop thinking about it, and I come home with armloads of groceries to “whip it up” at 8pm. Stuff I had to get from the store: 1lb extra-lean ground turkey (for the above mentioned slightly healthy twist. It would also be amazing with ground beef, spicy turkey or chicken sausage, or if you’re going for the real deal: fresh, spicy…

  • Motherhood,  My Day,  Porter

    Adventures In Baby-Proofing

    Yesterday, I followed Porter around the house baby-proofing. I followed him around for a good hour — he realized he was no longer confined to the TV area and was booking around the house like a locomotive. You guys, this was genius. Sometimes you never know what needs to be adjusted until your baby is all over it and/or shoving it into his mouth, right? This was a great plan. Or, so I thought. I didn’t take into account that he is fast. While I was busy “fixing” something, he was off into another mess. Just a few of his shenanigans: He ate dog food. A stray piece from the bowl…

  • Friday's Letters,  Fun Friday

    Friday’s Letters

    Dear Apple. I am sending that greeting with a period because it’s supposed to sound snarky. You are the worst and I hate you. I am so mad that my husband got up at 6am and waited in line for 2 hours to be told that “Oh! By the way… we only have the new gray iPhone 5s in stock. Apple delayed the new gold iPhone shipments until October, did you not hear the midnight announcement?” You are a big jerk. You totally did it on purpose because you can, and I hate that you have so much power. You can kick rocks. Dear Husband, thank you for excitedly getting up…

  • Fall TV,  New Girl,  Scandal,  The Walking Dead,  White Collar

    Four TV Shows That Must Be In Your Fall Lineup

    FALL is here/coming (technically, blah blah blah) and that means the return of my favorite TV shows. It might be pathetic to do a post about this, but I don’t even care. I am so excited for these returns (one of which is waiting for me on my DVR, and I have to wait until hubby and I are both home and available to watch… which probably won’t be until late tonight. Ermegherd.) 1.  SCANDAL I am probably the most excited for this one. I love this show. LOVE. I am strangely obsessed with TV shows about politics in general, but I could care less about it in real life.…

  • Mom Life,  Work At Home Mom

    Confessions of a Work-At-Home Mom

    Sometimes I feel like working from home is the hardest thing in the world. I’ll pause here, so all the working moms can angrily exit my blog and remove me from their Google Reader. Oh good, you’re still here? Let me explain. When my husband gets home, and I’m still wearing yoga pants and have not yet gotten into the shower, I feel so lazy. Granted, he never makes me feel this way, and it’s absolutely something I put upon myself… but still. If I feel it about myself, it must be accurate, right? I mean, I haven’t even thought about dinner, the house is a disaster, and I look…

  • Mom Life,  My Life,  My Weekend,  Target

    Target Run & Saturday Fun

    Paul was busy doing some home improvements and Porter was sleeping in, so I flew out the door by myself to make a Target run for a baby shower I was headed to later in the afternoon. I flew out the door. By myself. Those are two phrases that I definitely don’t say often. Ok, maybe ever, anymore.  Leaving the house takes planning and preparation, two things I’m not awesome at as it is. And by myself is just highly unlikely, which I’m ok with. My husband is my best friend, so I honestly enjoy doing stuff with him. And I missed Porter’s chubby little cheeks (two sets) in the…

  • Bubble Bath,  Junk Food,  Mom Life,  Relaxation

    What is relaxation?

    What does relaxation look like to you? Image Source: We Heart It …if I’m being honest. Everyone’s all “oh, green juice!” and “Raw, raw, raw!” and I’m all over here like… can I get a bubble bath in the dark with some McDonald’s? Oh, fine. If I’m being totally honest, I can’t recall the last time I had McDonald’s. But my inner child begs me to stop every time I drive by… then I remember the “coppery” taste of the hamburger meat, and I shudder and keep my mouth closed. Anyway, that wasn’t the point of this post. Now that I’m a mother, I find myself embracing every spare moment I…

  • Inspiration,  Personal

    Writer’s Block

    I don’t think a case of writer’s block is supposed to go on for, like, a year. I’ve had a really hard time getting things out on paper. Maybe it comes with the territory of being a new mom: I’m totally unmotivated to do anything other than survive the day with a work inbox at zero, and a baby that is clean, dry and happy. Maybe I have too many blogs: I thought organizing my life into separate URLS would make it easier for me to put the right thing in the right place… but I think the organization in itself is just freaking me out. Maybe I could collect…